After a tough loss in week 3 against the Eagles, the Redskins will have to put a game they should have won behind them and focus on another division rival in week 4, when they host the New York Giants. The Giants on the other hand are coming off a great win against the Texans and a short week might not be the worst thing as they look to keep things rolling!
Last season the Giants beat the Redskins in both meetings. The first game was when Robert Griffin III was healthy and the Giants won 24-17. RG3 threw for 207 yards and a touchdown, and added 88 yards on the ground. The second matchup, Kirk Cousins started for the Redskins and the Giants won 20-6. Cousins was just 19-49 in that game for 169 yards and 2 INTs. Typically the Giants play better against pocket quarterbacks. For that reason I give the Giants a huge advantage in this matchup.
The Redskins will have their hands full with Rashad Jennings. The Giants power back is coming off a huge game, carrying the ball 34 times for 176 yards and a touchdown. New York should continue to feed Jennings the ball and tire out the Washington defense.
If the Giants run game can continue to be successful then Eli Manning and the pass game will be effective. Eli completed 75% of his passes last week for 234 yards and 2 touchdowns. The Giants offensive line did a great job keeping J.J. Watt and company away from Eli. It's amazing what Eli can do with some time. He has completed 47 of his last 67 pass attempts for 511 yards and 4 TDs. If the offensive line can buy Eli time and he can stay in the pocket and not get happy feet, that means big things for this Giants offense. Look for Victor Cruz to salsa dance at least once.
Eli has always loved throwing to tight ends and Larry Donnell, who nobody heard of coming into the season, already has 18 receptions on the year with a touchdown. Daniel Fells, the teams 2nd TE on the depth chart, has 2 scores.
The Giants held Ryan Fitzpatrick and the Texans offense in check last week but face a big test against the Redskins. Not only will they have to slow Alfred Morris, but they'll have to contain Pierre Garcon and a new face to the Redskins offense but no stranger to the Giants, DeSean Jackson. Jackson has been a Giants killer his entire career. He has 50 career receptions in 11 games vs the Gmen, for 831 yards and 4 scores. He also added 2 punt returns for touchdowns vs the Giants, including a walk-off that knocked the Giants out of the playoffs.
Kirk Cousins has been great filling in for the injured RG3. He's been putting up some big numbers, 5 touchdowns and 677 yards in two games. He'll face a tougher Giants defense on Thursday and hopes his offensive line keeps Jason Pierre-Paul and the Giants pass rush out of his face.
Morris managed 88 yards and a touchdown on 27 carries last year against the Giants. He'll be good for 17-20 carries on Thursday night.
In 2 games last season, Garcon caught 15 balls against the Giants but only gained 117 yards. The Giants will have to limit his yards after catch on Thursday night. In 2 of the 3 games this year, Garcon has caught 10 and 11 passes. So expect him to continue to see a ton of balls being thrown his way.
DeSean Jackson on the other hand, torched the Giants for 15 receptions, 195 yards and a touchdown last season with the Eagles. He always finds a way to get it done against New York, whether its through the air or on punt returns. The only thing that can slow him down is that shoulder injury. He's questionable to play but I don't see him sitting this one out after his performance last week.
Niles Paul has been great, filling in for the injured Jordan Reed. Paul has caught 14 balls for 163 yards and a touchdown since Cousins took over.
This will be a big test for the Giants secondary.